December 31, 2009 9:56 AM

Commentary: In the new year, U.S. must live up to its principles

The start of a new year is typically a time for reflection as well as celebration. Most of the resolutions that result from this annual attempt at self-improvement don't survive their first encounter with an all-you-can-eat buffet. Here is one resolution that should be made — that we live up to the principles for which we say we stand.

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